Albert developed a fungal infection and was retrieved from the enclosure on 4 January. He also showed some abrasions on his stumps caused by contact with the net. The enclosure then remained empty as the waves were quite choppy, and most of our turtle patients needed intensive care and treatment. During this time, we extended the shade covering, adding weights and ropes to prevent the structure from flexing.
On 26 January, Chomper was transferred to the pen, and he seems happy and active.
We returned Chomper to our Centre for treatment for abrasions, and we transferred Frisbee out to the pen.
Frisbee spent the entire month of March in the enclosure. The sea conditions were perfect (relatively calm with little current); he was feeding consistently and didn’t display any health issues.
Frisbee, our adult male Olive Ridley turtle, spent the start of the month in the sea turtle enclosure. He is missing both front flippers (due to entanglement in ghost netting), making it impossible for him to ever survive out in the open ocean.
It was Indianna’s turn next, and she remained in the enclosure until her release back into the ocean on 15 April.
Tiff was transferred to the enclosure on 17 April, where she is actively swimming, but her severe buoyancy syndrome means she is unable to dive below the water surface despite repeated efforts. Nevertheless, she has been feeding well and has been put on a larger diet due to her increased activity.
Tiff stayed in the enclosure until 21 May. She was brought back to the centre, as we noticed some sea lice that were living in her plastron wound. After a 24h bath in fresh water, the sea lice are gone and she is now being monitored in a recovery pool at our Centre.
From 21-26 May, our 2 juveniles Luna and April shared the enclosure. Luna was greatly enjoying the extra space to swim around, as she has all her flippers intact and could use the full size of the pen to dive. We released on 29 May, directly from the edge of the enclosure.
We had observed some superficial wounds on April’s rear flippers after a couple of days, most likely abrasions from the edge of the enclosure, so we returned her to the Centre for observation.
Currently, the enclosure is closed for maintenance – the net and ropes are being changed, and we are adding ‘separators’ so that more turtles can benefit from being in the enclosure at the same time.